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Magazine Art

Magazines shaped our lives, and the rest is history.

The great illustrators of the period 1850-1950 had a tremendous influence on us and the rest of the world. One of the most popular ways they presented their work was as the cover art for the mass and specialist magazines that were published under thousands of titles and in millions and millions of copies. We know today of Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish, but there were hundreds and thousands of other artists whose work is now forgotten except by collectors and specialists. Some have been honored by art books about their work, but most are now simply unknown to the general public.

One reason for this undeserved obscurity is that their work is quite difficult to find. Bound volumes of these magazines, both in libraries and in the hands of private collectors, usually do not include the covers, for reasons we today find hard to imagine. You must look for individual copies of these magazines, sold as collector's items and available in variable condition. Old magazines turn up regularly on eBay and in shops, but they are expensive, and it is difficult to find, analyze, and store them in one's home. Hence MagazineArt.org.

We scan and photograph magazine covers from this era: as many as we can find, of whatever subject matter. The only requirement is that the issue must -have- a cover design. We prefer the ones that change from issue to issue, but we'll record them even if they simply list the contents of the magazine. We've had images donated, and we've picked them up where we can. At this time we have thousands of them, many of them suitable for display but all requiring some processing in Photoshop before they are presentable.

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We date this guide to 1922, based on the ads for two Gernsback magazines on the back cover. Complete diagrams and construction data, by R. Lacault, associate editor, RADIO NEWS. Note that this was published by the Electro Importing Co., Gernsback's radio business. Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Restoration by: magscanner
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Gernsback's Other Radio Titles, transmitter, receiver, old-time...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller American Art Archives
Topics: Monthly Magazines, Success, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Strand Magazine / American Edition, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Electrics, the first Gernsback popular technical magazine,...
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Earn a brush set, a seebackrascope, a power transformer for your electrical games, a brownie game, a pool game, or a key case -- all you need are vouchers, earned from selling subscriptions.
Topics: Youth, Children, and Kids' Magazines, Our Boys Prize Book, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller lexfrog Restoration by:
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Science and Mechanics / Everyday Science and Mechanics, magazine...
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Variety Collection of Radio Magazines, magazine covers, vintage...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller powerangers.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio Broadcast, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Radio News, a Gernsback popular radio magazine, magazine covers,...
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Source: Magazine collector Steve Davis Image Restoration: magscanner
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Source: Michael Holley Image Restoration: magscanner
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Source: Dave Hunter of Kingston, Ontario Image Processing by: magscanner
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Source: Michael Holley Image Restoration: magscanner
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Source: Michael Holley Image Restoration: magscanner
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Young woman plugs her ears with her fingers, and lifts her leg for safety, as a packet of firecrackers goes off. Content: "The Big Shots Are Trembling Now," and "Can Doctors End the Fee Racket?" Artist: Source: eBay sellers Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, July fourth, independence day, fireworks,...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller lexfrog Restoration by:
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Humor Magazines, Life, the humor magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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A little pun on "serve" in "every serving brings zest," and a nice painting of a woman tennis player about to demolish the guy she's playing against. Published in the September, 1929 issue of PHOTOPLAY. Artist: Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Food and Beverages, Breakfast!, health, energy, sport, dominance,...
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Picotee tulips. Artist: Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: House and Garden Magazines, Mayflower, floral, garden
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- Harold Wahl
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Classic humor situation as a workman hauling a fragile package turns to stare at a passing babe and runs into an old geezer. Lawsuits are predicted. Content: "Sweepstakes Suckers"; also, "What is Happening to American Marriange?" by Emily Newell Blair. Artist: Harold Wahl Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, haulage, careless, negligent, injury, inattention
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Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Modern Electrics, the first Gernsback popular technical magazine,...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- John Holmgren
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Woman tennis player running hard to get to an incoming ball. Content: "$1000 for Vanished Girl, Dead of Alive! What Happened to Etta Riel?" by Fred Allhoff; and "Will Oxford Religious Drive Get Into Politics?" by Will Irwin. Artist: John Holmgren Source: Dave Wills, who sells on eBay as dwills1000, and has an eBay storefront "Dave's Odds and Ends" Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Artist: Source: unclecrickey Restoration: Unrestored
Topics: Western Pulps, Western Story Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Birds picking and gathering from clusters of bright red berries
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Nature, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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- Guy Edgar Fry
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Two swans swimming in a pond below an estate house. Artist: Guy Edgar Fry Source: Sean Tracy Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Nature, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Artist: Source: unclecrickey Restoration: Unrestored
Topics: Western Pulps, Western Story Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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- E. E. Reynolds
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Dutch boys helping out in all aspects of maintenance for a house and garage, including painting the trim, wrapping up old newspapers and saving bacon fat for the war effort, delivering groceries, hoeing the garden, and putting water in the truck's radiator. Artist: E. E. Reynolds Source: ebay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Trade Magazines and Trade Journals, Dutch Boy Painter, assistance, wartime, preparedness
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Topics: Health and Fitness Magazines, Physical Culture, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
Published in the December, 1893 issue of NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Artist: Source: MagazineArt.org Physical Archives Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Art, Film, Book, Movie, and Magazine Ads, Book Ads: Fiction, magazine...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
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Baker's rotary pressure blower.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Manufacture of shirts and collars: Geo. P. Ide, Bruce & Co., Troy, New York Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Phonograph with multiple earpieces. The new talking machine, Edison's wonderful phonograph.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Railway ballasting and stone breaking machine. Also: Furness & Company's vertical boring machine.
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Manufacture of non-conducting coverings for steam-pipes and boilers: The Chalmers-Spence Co., New York City. The process shown is for mixing and forming asbestos insulation for pipes. Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Murch's chariot cab. New horsedrawn cabriolet design, suspension of great technical interest. Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Stove manufacture: Works of Fuller Warren & Co., Troy, New York Source: Steve Kirch, creator of a wonderful website about SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN in the past Restoration: magscanner
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Transferring coal from railroad to barge: A car dump in action. Entire hopper car is picked up by transfer tower and tipped over so that coal drops down chute.
Topics: Science and Technology Magazines, Scientific American, magazine covers, vintage magazines,...
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Topics: Specialized Pulps, Railroad Stories [Title Varies], magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- M. E. Musselman
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Artist: M. E. Musselman Source: Mariangela Buch Image Processing by: magscanner
Topics: Women's Magazines, Ladies' World, M. E. Musselman, fur, feathers, fashions, homemaking, needlework,...
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Grinning young girl standing in front of a flowering tree or bush. Artist: Source: eBay seller askmatzen. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Women's Magazines, Woman's World magazine, garden, orchard, blooms, blossoms
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Woman sitting with chickens and vegetables, looking tired as she contemplates harvest and the seasons. Artist: Source: the Antique Paper Shop Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Saturday Evening Post, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Smart auto apparel, and these folks are prepared for rain or snow on their parade or picnic. Published in an unidentified magazine circa 1910. Source: Mariangela Buch Restoration by: Mariangela Buch
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Automobiles, Trucks, and Wagons, Parts and Accessories, clothing,...
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A small plane, flying over a rural landscape, starts to turn toward the left. Artist: Source: eBay seller powerangers Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Farm Magazines, Successful Farming, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Emotionally detached, high-sniffing woman waves a tiny "Erin Go Brach" flag to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. "The One and Only Waldo," by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan. Artist: [No signature] Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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- George De Zayas
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Woman with orange hair is delighted to see the results after her hairdresser sets off her curls with numerous shamrocks in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Artist: George De Zayas Source: eBay seller daysoffuturepast, who also sells printed materials from her personal website. Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Collier's, The National Weekly, Ireland, green, orange, Protestant, Catholic,...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller ThomasC at American Art Archives, which also has its own wonderful website about American illustrators
Topics: Weekly Magazines, Liberty, A Weekly for Everybody, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...
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Topics: House and Garden Magazines, A Variety Pack of Early Gardening magazines, magazine covers, vintage...
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Topics: Monthly Magazines, Everybody's Magazine, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art,...
Not exactly named, but well understood in the thirties. Correct in every style detail, as shown by the tall, thin, elegant woman on the left. If they are inconspicuous on her, then just so on you. From the March, 1931 issue of PHOTOPLAY. Source: Charles Perrien Restoration by: Charles Perrien
Topics: Advertising Art in Magazines, Personal and Human Aspects, Women's Toiletries and Makeup, magazine...
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Artist: Source: eBay seller PeriodPaper Restoration by: magscanner
Topics: Travel and Regional Magazines, Travel, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising art, vintage...
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Artist: Source: University of California Libraries Restoration: partial
Topics: Travel and Regional Magazines, Four-Track News, magazine covers, vintage magazines, advertising...